Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy
Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels underpin the strategy.

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News Applications accepted through June 13, 2014. The cofounder of an educational games company discusses great advice, tough lessons, and why doing right by kids is key to her business. Condoleezza Rice and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen discuss communication technologies, foreign policy, and geopolitics. Distinguished alum will share his experience with graduating students as they embark on new paths. Applications for on-campus “Stanford Ignite” program accepted until April 13. Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, the first lady says study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success.

Europe 2020 in Italy The Country-specific Recommendations are documents prepared by the European Commission for each country, analysing its economic situation and providing recommendations on measures it should adopt over the coming 18 months. They are tailored to the particular issues the Member State is facing and cover a broad range of topics: the state of public finances, reforms of pension systems, measures to create jobs and to fight unemployment, education and innovation challenges, etc. The final adoption of Country-specific Recommendations prepared by the Commission is done at the highest level by national leaders in the European Council. Country overview Italy’s capacity to withstand the impact of the crisis is hampered by long-standing structural weaknesses.

Latest News > Responses to European Territorial Co-operation 2014-2020 Consultation Responses to European Territorial Co-operation 2014-2020 Consultation 28 November 2012 The consultation organised by the SEUPB on ‘Preparing a new EU Programme for Cross Border Co-Operation (INTERREG V) and a new Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE IV)’ closed on 20 November 2012. Home page - Innovation Union 24 April 2014 ONE Conference Brussels 2014: Policies (R)Evolution and Every European Digital, Brussels The Future has begun. Private Company Knowledge Bank | Private Equity & Venture Capital Private equity represents a class of investors, their funds, and their subsequent investments, which are made in private companies or in public companies with the goal of taking them private. Private equity investments are primarily made by private equity firms, venture capital firms, or angel investors, each with its own set of goals, preferences, and investment strategies, yet each providing working capital to the target firm to nurture expansion, new product development, or restructuring of the firms operations, management, or ownership. Aside from the outline of the private company life cycle below, this chapter will focus primarily on private equity firms, which represent the majority of the money in the private equity industry and characteristically invest in the buy-outs of mature companies and venture capital firms, which typically make high risk equity investments in seed, early, and growth stage private companies. The Private Company Life-Cycle

Europe INNOVA - Europe INNOVA Throughout 2006-2012, Europe INNOVA has been the laboratory for the development, testing and promotion of new tools and instruments in support of innovation, with a view to helping innovative enterprises to innovate faster and better. Thus, it has served as a pan-European platform for innovation professionals, enabling them to discuss, develop, test and exchange ‘better practices’ in support of innovative SMEs and to contribute to a better understanding of the innovation patterns in different sectors. In its second phase, 2009-2012, Europe INNOVA was focused around three European Innovation Platforms (IPs) addressing issues related to knowledge-intensive services (KIS) cluster cooperation and eco-innovation.

Useful Links | CESlink CESlink Search: Skip to navigation Skip to content You are at: Home / Themes / Europe 2020 / Useful Links Conferences and Events for Research - Research & Innovation (Picture by DafneCholetSome rights reserved) New Events - most recently added events appear first in this feed. There is also a feed for past events. There are lots more events (in the area of molecular life sciences) on the EMBO calendar Suggest an event PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Press conference remarks at Employment and Social Affairs Council European Commission László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Press conference remarks at Employment and Social Affairs Council

Subsidy for Health Social innovation for health promotion Topic / Target >HEALTH.2013.3.3-1 Social innovation for health promotion EU research should aim to identify, develop and better understand innovative approaches to reduce sedentary behaviour and enhance the level of physical activity in the population. Research should include the evaluation of innovative on-going initiatives that reduce sedentary behaviour, enhance the level of physical activity combined with dietary or other interventions. In this context, research should include the identification of "good practices", as well as the analysis of their economic and social benefits and impact. Correlates will have to be detected (such as cultural, environmental, economic, psychological and others) that inhibit or promote the individuals capacity to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and self-regulate their dietary or other relevant behaviour.

Enterprise Europe Network and International Business Support - Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) - Enterprise and Industry Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) The Enterprise Europe Network provides a wide range of services to SMEs and entrepreneurs, among others, helping them to access market information, overcome legal obstacles and identify potential business partners across Europe, including innovation support and transnational technology transfer services. The Enterprise Europe Network comprises about 600 partners in 49 countries employing around 3 000 experienced staff helping to increase the competitiveness of EU businesses. Award: 10,000 € for the European Social Entrepreneur of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations The award recognises individuals who have developed exceptional models to solve a social problem regarding active aging and solidarity between generations. The models should be replicable elsewhere and have the potential to improve conditions for active ageing and solidarity between generations on a wider scale. Sponsored by the Generali Future Fund, awardees will receive 10,000 € (1st place), 6,000 € (2nd place) or 3,000 € (3rd place). The prizes are to be used by the social entrepreneurs to spread their model to other regions and countries. Finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony in Brussels in fall 2012.

Conference "Enhancing innovation and the delivery of research in EU agriculture" (Brussels, 07/03/2012) - Agriculture and rural development Fostering research, knowledge transfer and innovation in the agricultural sector is vital for improving productivity, sustainability and competitiveness. This conference marked an important step in the discussions on the ways to enhance innovation and the translation of research results in the farming sector, as outlined in the CAP reform legislative proposals adopted by the Commission on 12 October 2011. The objective of the conference was to discuss the main building blocks of EU support to research and innovation for the agricultural sector after 2013. After setting the stage of agricultural research and learning from recent experiences, the conference strived to highlight the critical aspects necessary for research to impact the agricultural sector. In particular, the role played by networks, advisory services, education and other actors in the translation of research results and in fostering innovative approaches were investigated. The conference brought together:

SME Performance Review - Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) - Enterprise and Industry The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU Member States and other 9 partner countries. It consists of two parts – Annual Report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets. Brussels, 26 November 2013 - The European Commission published today the 2012/2013 Annual Report on European SMEs.